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It's Alright! - Mikkeller ApS

It's Alright!It's Alright!

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183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 25.58%


Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pale and caramunich), light rock sugar, hops (hallertauer og styrian goldings), ale yeast and brettanomyces.

(Beer added by: hopdog on 01-28-2009)
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vfgccp

New York

2.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Opened in 2013, pretty sure it's a 2011 bottle.

A - Clear, wheat yellow body with lively carbonation. Mixed bubble head had ok lace and low retention.

S - Lemony funk; bright acid, barnyard, and green apples.

T - Way off. Soapy, foamy flavors dominate the profile. Touch of pear, seltzer, and apple peel, but it's not enough to save the beer.

M - Light, brightly carbonated.

O - Nice ancillary characteristics, but unfortunately the soap flavor is extremely off-putting.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 23:31:09 | More by vfgccp
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pkalix

California

4.11/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

my very first mikkeller!!!
pours a golden hued, semi-topped liquid.
smell is Belgian yeast, typical Belgian ale aroma.
taste is.... Belgian yeast.... candied sugars.... eh, it's alright....
overall.... it's alright.... typical Belgian flavored ale. so, if you click to all the beers mikkeller brews, then sort on the ratings, it's. like, THE LOWEST rated brew from them.... I guess it can only go up from here??
it wasn't bad. my 2 year love affair with Belgians is over. just way too rich. I still respect them all, but the ol' standby germans are particularly appreciated at this point although ive been bumping around with several other different things. still, I get the mikkeller concept. interesting.... cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 01:23:17 | More by pkalix
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.78/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Fullers snifter glass. Labelled as "It's Alight!".

Pours a pale golden colour with a white head.

Smells very soft and floral, with a hint of sweetness.

Tastes again, very delicate but in a watery kind of way. Like sparkling water with a hint of sourness, light/sweet fruits - melon etc. Nice level of carbonation.

Overall I'm a bit torn. Decent but not strong flavours.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 01:53:42 | More by CwrwAmByth
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schlimenhaumer

New York

3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz into a Delirium tulip at low altitude in NY.

A: Pours a hazy light amber with a small cream-colored head. Decent retention, but no lacing to speak of.

S: Wheat malt character, slight barnyard funk and light floral notes in the background. Does not smell as "wild" as I would have expected per the description on the bottle.

T: Pilsner-like malt character up front gives way to a brief taste of yeasty funkiness, followed by a lightly bitter floral hop finish. Unexpectedly, the hop notes dominate the overall flavor profile; not particularly well-balanced in my opinion.

M: Light-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation; watery feel.

O: An average brew overall -- certainly not among Mikkeller's best offerings.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 03:16:26 | More by schlimenhaumer
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eric5bellies

Australia

2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drnk from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a clear copper colour with an off white head that reduces quickly to a film

S - Small apple and pine

T - Up front some nice grains and small hop the finish is a little dry.

M - Light to medium body

O - This beer syas nothing spectacular. There are better offerings from Mikkeler, although it would make a decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 14:04:40 | More by eric5bellies
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass. Colour is a pale orange, strong carbonation. Produces a soapy white head with pretty good retention. Has quite good lacing.

Smell has an immediate strong brett kick. Vineous, sour, grapey, tart lemon, barnyard. Some biscuit malt underneath. mineral esters. Not much hoppiness, very lively, but unbalanced toward the brett yeast.

Taste is quite rocky, sour funky brett, grapefruit citrus. Again brett comes across strongly, horseblanket, farmhouse, and a sour yeastiness, but it 'sortof' works as there is some malt backbone. Biscuit malt with some mild floral and citrus hop notes. Lemons, toast on end. Finish is dry, grape vine.

Mouthfeel is quite light and refreshing, plenty of soft carbonation, feels mellow on the palate, with a bit of astringency on the end. Altogether decent, refreshing. Long yeasty finish. Pleasing.

A nice session ale that has a real Brett sourness going on. Can see why some people would be put off as it doesn't have the balance normally associated with BPAs, but it is not bad itself. I would prefer Orval to this but if in the mood for a big helping of brett this isn't bad. Its different, and I'm not in love with it, but would have it again if I wasn't buying.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 17:50:12 | More by mick303
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TallSaint

New York

3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

March 2nd, 2013.

The nose is extremely clean and crisp, with clovey phenols and very zesty Brett - lemons and faint barnyard aromas.

On the palate it mirrors the nose with zesty Brett, bready malt and cloves throughout. Its extremely light. A touch of hops come through in the mid-palate. Brett comes through in the back with a slight funk, as well as notes of leather. The Brett makes the finish dry with the slightest touch of tartness.

Overall this is a quaffable and delicate Belgian Pale. At only %4.5 it is a tasty, sessionable beer. I need to try It's Alive now! It's not great, but not bad. It needs to be a lot more forward with its Brett characteristics as they are quite subdued and I was let down. I wish it was cheaper because it would make a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 23:15:15 | More by TallSaint
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ngeunit1

California

4.16/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white. Fades normal.

S - Sweet pale and caramel malts, lots of funky and tart brett, lemon zest, grapefruit and grassy hops.

T - Sweet pale and caramel malts, lots of funky and tart Brett, grapefruit and grassy hops, some bitterness, lemon zest, a touch of vanilla.

M - Medium-minus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, tart, and funky finish.

D - Great tart and funky Brett character. Nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 08:02:04 | More by ngeunit1
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Golden amber colour that has orange tinges and is topped with a very foamy looking, white head that is about two centimetres tall and holds very well.

Strong yeast to start with some good fruity aromas following this with a slightly sour smell coming through and a little lemon. Not a whole lot going on with this one in the smell department but it's not particularly bad either.

Again yeast upfront with a fruity taste of mainly apples and pears following this, there is also a semi-sour flavouring in there towards the end. Not a taste that I enjoyed and definitely not one of the better Mikkeller beers out there.

Very lively carbonation, definitely high and with a citrus tang hitting you straight away. The beer is quite a dry one, too dry in fact and the body is light medium.

This one looked really good when I poured it and the smell, although not the best wasn't a particularly bad one but upon trying the beer I quickly discovered it was the worst Mikkeller beer I've tried to date, it just didn't really have anything going for it in the way of depth or good taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 16:46:38 | More by flyingpig
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased in VT on sale for $4. Poured into Lawson's snifter.

A- Pours a lightly brownish golden with about 2 fingers of very foamy head that has nice retention and slowly fades to a quarter of a finger. Tons of fast small rising carbonation bubbles, probably one of the most carbonated beers I've seen. Head leaves spotty foam lacing.

S- Some light berries and lemon, very very light tartness that is almost not even present, a little bit of plastic hiding in the background. Slightly below average aroma strength, not bad smelling but definitely not the most pleasant smell.

T- Lemons, light hops, some light berries, finishes with a very light lemony tartness, following with a light lemony plasticy aftertaste. Not much brett going on. Asides from the aftertaste which isn't terrible but definitely not the best, the beer actually doesn't taste that bad and the lemon presence is fairly decent. I expect much more in wild ales though.

M- Fairly light, tons of carbonation, carbonation definitely leaves a very tingly presence on your tongue which plays well but in my opinion should have definitely been dulled down a little bit.

O- This beer wasn't absolutely terrible- I was able to finish my glass without a problem. That being said it also wasn't very good, especially for a wild ale. There are a lot of things that could have been improved, I'm not even going to bother listing them. I would maybe try drinking this again if someone gave me a glass, but there is absolutely no way I would pay for it again. Although it is better then most reviews, I would still probably recommend passing on this. I feel like this beer lives up to it's name- it's not bad, but It's Alright (maybe without the enthusiastic exclamation point).

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 19:48:07 | More by jaasen64
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beesy

Ohio

2.1/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - pours a golden wheat color with a one finger head that sticks around no longer a popsickle on a 100 degree day.

S - very bready with a some funk and tartness to it. As it warms slightly it smells exactly like the livestock barns at the fair - and I took dairy cows and hogs(amongst other things) to the fair for 11-12 years.

T - wow - talk about a mess. It wants to be tart and funky but it has this huge overwhelming presense of what I can only describe as a wheaty- maltiness and barnyard mess. White grapes.

M - fairly light - please dont make me drink another glass to be more specific!!

D - low...it tastes terrible.

What a mess and Mikkeller should be embarrassed. Chalk it up as only the 2nd beer I've ever drain poured - just hope it doesnt stank up my pipes!! I did manage tomforce my way through about half e bottle before it warmed and became just too much.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 23:38:41 | More by beesy
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured out as a clear golden color with a rapidly dissolving white head on top. The smell of the beer was a little funky but nothing like I was expecting. The taste of the beer was a little tart and again I expected this to be much more intense knowing what Mikkeller can do. The mouthfeel of the beer was gently carbonated and light bodied. Overall it's a pretty easy beer to drink, I can see why people don't care for it though, this beer kind of lets the drinker down especially if they're looking for something with a big boost of sourness or funk. All in all I wouldn't purchase this one again I don't think.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 16:29:10 | More by Knapp85
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden yellow, one finger bone white head, decent lacing.

S- Lemon, pinesol, hints of white grape and papaya, light Brett, pleasant.

T- Grains, lemon, light brett, candi sugar.

M- Bone dry, med-high carb, medium-light body.

O- A subtle and pleasant ale with a great aroma.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 01:23:45 | More by Rickythejeweler
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

people are way too harsh on this one in my opinion. pours a bit hazy, blonde color with a one inch white bubbly head. smells a little like brett, a little like vinegar, and like a complex range of malts. flavor isnt like amonia or anything as some say, its mildly tart, hallow in the center, with a round malt finish, very light. some notes of last year's hay and barn funk, but not unpleasant. feel is crazy, really really bubbly, with a light body and a weird airy feel. sessionable in feel, but the taste is too weird to drink a lot of. overpriced but not a repulsive brew. come on people!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 17:29:21 | More by StonedTrippin
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams 12oz tulip style pint. No date, cap says '5101111', though.

A: Woah, ferociously carbonated, began to foam over as soon as I opened the bottle. Head is white and fluffy, good retention (this glass has an etch on the bottom, so the bubbles are going wild. Body is pale straw color.

S: Smells heavily of Belgian yeast, very herbal, floral; some noble hops as well...very nice.

T: Taste is less than whelming, especially after smelling the beer. Front of this beer is fairly bland. There is a noble hop finish along with a mild sweetness. Nothing off putting, but needs more flavor. I'm not catching much brett character.

M: High carbonation works fine here.

D: Overall this would be acceptable as a cheap summer beer, but it's not priced that way.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 05:13:53 | More by 51mmz0rz
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superspak

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by 10/22/2012. Pours murky golden straw color with a good 1-2 finger foamy white head with nice retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of huge tart lemon, sour apple, orange zest, grass, pepper, funk, floral, and herbal spiciness. Very nice aromas with good complexity, balance, and strength. Taste of earth, floral, pepper, herbal spiciness, bready grain, and light funk; with some slight tart lemon zest and apple near the finish. Extremely dry on the finish; with a small bit of pepper, earth, floral, and citrus notes lingering for a short bit. Taste was completely different than what I expected from the nice aromas. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and slightly crisp mouthfeel. Very easy to drink as expected for 4.5%. No alcohol presence noticed at all. Overall this is actually pretty nice stuff. Not really offensive while drinking; quite enjoyable. Would have liked a lot less of a earthy and bready taste; with more balance of tart fruitiness.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 03:13:23 | More by superspak
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It seems that while I didn’t love this beer, I liked it a fair amount more than the BA community at large. It looks nice in the glass; lightly hazy; pale but vibrant gold; a fluffy white head that sinks slowly. Slippery lacing.

The aroma has a clearly musty, funky barn note; vague sweetness, lemon; very bretty. The taste is actually a bit more subdued and lacks the complexity of the nose but I still enjoyed it. Out front there is a sharp, lemony citrus twang, with funky barnyard notes emerging as you swallow. Also some floral and spice flavors pop out as it opens up a bit.

The carbonation is crisp and the body is medium-light; very refreshing, quenching type of beer. I enjoyed this one overall but found the taste a little bland and unexciting after the heady aroma. Six dollar price tag is steep, as per usual with Mikkeller.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 04:04:38 | More by tobelerone
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DovaliHops

California

2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden color...medium white head. Scent is not impressive. When I see "Wild Ale" on the label...I'm expecting some sort of funk or wild yeast aroma. Nothing much here. Kinda smells like a hoppy American pilsner with just a dash of funk. Taste is lemony with some orange peel zest. Hints of grass and the slightest farmhouse taste. A little bit of clove... Mouthfeel is very light, fizzy, and falls short. Drinkability is okay...but I would assume this costs more at a bar than a Harp...and I'd probably rather have a Harp. Drinkability is fair. Overall, not a Wild Ale. If it is a Wild Ale...not a good Wild Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 08:54:21 | More by DovaliHops
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AgentMunky

California

3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter. Stamped 5101111.

A: Scattered head. The beer is clear, with some bubbles, and the colour of apple juice.

S: Funky yeast and scrumptious fruit. Lightly sour, but honestly the smell isn't very full. Some Brett?

T/M: Heavily carbonated and fairly watery. The maintaste is brief, but -- I think -- pleasant. Wild Belgian yeast makes a fleeting impression of being somehow 'off' but still fruity. This beer is something between a soft drink and a domestic lager with a very strange yeast strain. Fun to drink, but not much oomph.

O: On the old drinkability scale, this would rate highly. Overall, I still think it's an interesting effort. And interesting beers are why I drink Mikkeller. I would recommend trying one, just don't expect to be blown away. A plain, but solid effort. Will not have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 04:00:26 | More by AgentMunky
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litheum94

California

2.28/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle. Weird stamp on the cap, which I assume is some sort of esoteric bottling date.

Body is a very pale golden, with a murkiness to it. Fizzy and thin, off-white head that leaves a very patchy cover.

Very funky smelling, a little skunky at first. Some lemon sourness. A sweet, candy-like aroma develops. Earthy grassiness as well.

Lots of carbonation up front, with grassy tones. Slight funk mid-palate, with a hint of citric sourness. Cracker malts with some pepper and some bitterness on the finish. Very dry due to the carbonation. Leaves a weird, metallic taste in the mouth.

This is an aptly named beer. It does have some off flavors, but doesn't taste horrible. My main complaint is that on the majority of sips, it didn't really taste like anything at all. I'd pass on this in a heartbeat next time.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 21:37:15 | More by litheum94
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jsvt

Vermont

1.13/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I am gonna be short with this one:

Three words sum it up:
Sweaty Cowboy Grundle.

Yes, I could have thought of various descriptors for nose, palate and mouth fell, but I could not stop thinking about those three words. Sorry.

Perhaps forget about this for 10 years and see what happens. Maybe that was the point, but it is flat, dry and devoid of character, so something magical would need to happen in that there bottle with age. It is possible though....

But not now....stay away liquid cowboy grundle...stay away.

I could braek it

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 23:23:48 | More by jsvt
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

1.83/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle to tulip. Best by 22/10/12, sampled 8/26/11. $8 for the experience.

A: Pours with an average sized head, frothy and off-white, and mediocre retention. The body is medium straw yellow, hazy and there are loads of furiously paced bubbles arising within. Yeast in suspension.

S: Light straw, white wine vinegar & funky/dirty socks. Very musty. Faint scents of white grape and berry, more than likely derived from the Brett strain.

T: Absolutely void of flavor from the beginning of the palate through the finish. Thankfully the flavor began to improve (albeit marginally) after 10 minutes of warming.

M: The body is light and thin with an extremely empty, chalky finish that is basically flavorless and "just dry" with absolutely nothing else.

O: From the first sip, I knew I wasn't going to finish this one. No way this beer should have ever passed QC and made it to the market. You've gotten me once again Mikkeller.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 00:17:20 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy gold with a compact white head. Looks like a pretty standard ale. There's nothing unique about this beer's appearance.

S: Aromas of resinous hops, citrus, and oaky, lactic yeast are present on the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, pine, cedar, grass, oak, and lactic, sour yeast are present, but subtle. The finish is hoppy with pine and citrus notes.

M: Light bodied and relatively dry. Carbonation is subtle.

O: I don't really see the point of this beer. The aromas and flavors are too muted to leave much of an impression. In the end, this is drinkable, but it's not worth going out of one's way to acquire.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2011 22:51:16 | More by mrfrancis
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Erish

Illinois

2.1/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I poured this 11.2 oz. beer into an large wine glass. 22/10/12 printed on cap - I assume this is a best by date.

A: cloudy golden color, the initial pour produces a fizzy off-white head that quickly dies into... nothing, non-existent cap and pathetic lacing.

S: mild to moderate levels of Belgian funk, horse blanket, sour grape, over-ripe fruit, clove, pepper, cider. This is as good as it gets, folks.

T: my first impression is that I have imbibed a glass of sweat: this is what horse blanket must taste like! The grain is bone-dry and feels like it has been hijacked by evil brett. In fact, I believe it has. Other than that I pick up vaguely sour notes, and perhaps some paper flavor. Yes, it tastes like paper. The only reason I am not giving this a 1 for taste is that it is not gag-inducing, but rather merely awful. This isn't alright; this is going down the drain.

M: light-bodied, watery to lightly silky, moderate to plentiful carbonation.

O: if you like the taste of sweaty horse blanket, rush out and buy this beer immediately!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 01:30:17 | More by Erish
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FosterJM

California

3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

867th Review on BA
Bottle to Piraat Tulip
12oz

No bottle date

Purchased from Craft in Reno, NV

App- A standard pale ale color. Very golden yellow with a good two finger head and fades to a couple dots of cling.

Smell- Hmmm. I think it was too much brett if that could happen. It was a bit lactic, stringy, citrus and yeasty.

Taste- Opened with a lot of flavors that taste like soap. Followed by some citrus, yeast and spice.

Mouth- Lighter bodied with a high carbonation. Citrusy and pepper.

Drink- This was a bit of a let down. I expected more but just fell off in areas.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 16:01:56 | More by FosterJM
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It's Alright! from Mikkeller ApS
71 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.